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A Tired Mind Revisited

It was almost three years ago when I penned this blog, which was based on a sermon I had preached a few years before. During this election year, we have much to consider when picking our candidates, and I thought this blog post was a good reminder — and a warning — of where we have come from, where we are, and what it will take to return to the path of righteousness.

With that, I give you Confessions of a Tired Mind…

Next week, we will celebrate our nation’s 237th birthday. I find it ironic that, just yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that chips away yet another stone in the foundation of Godliness that this country was built upon. As I witness the erosion of the greatness of America – a land that I love and still believe to be great – I must admit to you…

I’m tired.

IMG_1905I’m tired of the LGBT agenda that is being forced upon the American people. Understand me when I say that I don’t believe that anyone should be threatened, abused, or discriminated against because of their lifestyle. However, I do not believe that churches should have to hire someone that promotes a lifestyle contrary to our biblical world view, or be forced to affirm perversion as a “civil right”. While members of the LGBT community should not be oppressed or mistreated, neither should those of us who believe that their lifestyle is a sin be forced to agree with their choices. If you can’t “legislate morality from the (court) bench”, you shouldn’t be able to legislate immorality either.

I’m tired of abortion being called a choice when it means the death of an unborn child. Where was the child’s choice in the matter?

Pine Ridge1I’m tired of we, the American taxpayers, being robbed to support leftist causes and wasteful governmental agencies. It infuriates me to see our tax dollars go to failed and failing “green” companies (remember Solyndra) and other “pet
projects and programs”, as well as paying for silly videos, lavish parties, and non-sensical conferences for corrupt government agencies. Contrast this waste with the poverty in places like the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and it is even more maddening.

I’m tired of government leaders apologizing for America to third-rate terrorist countries and dictators. I still believe in the greatness of our nation, and don’t believe that is something we need to apologize for.

I’m tired of the assault on our Judeo-Christian heritage, history revisionism, and the mocking of every accomplished conservative by a leftist media that holds up semi-literate celebrities as icons of virtue and wisdom. While the truth of God’s Word may not be popular to some, it is still truth… and that is something I will not apologize for.

I’m tired of “reverends” who value political correctness over biblical authority.

I’m tired of the abuse of our welfare system. I believe that the aged, infirmed, and disabled need our help. Their needs are legitimate. However, the abuses of the entitlement system have to end. As the late Adrian Rogers once said…

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.”

In addition, I’m tired of a government that will not take care of the brave men and women of our military who have kept us safe for decades on end. I’m tired of people who are here illegally, as well as countries that hate us, being shown more respect — and being better taken care of financially — than our veterans.

Coptic ChristiansI’m tired of Islamic terrorists being called moderates. When I was young and growing up in the South, there was a religious organization that committed acts of terror in the name of God. They were called the Ku Klux Klan. Yet, the church rose up against them and said, “You’re not Christian… You’re wrong.” It’s time for any moderate Muslims to rise up, call these terrorists for what they are, and affirm the right for Israel to exist in peace.

But you know what? While I may be tired, I still have hope.

IMG_5209I am still proud when I hear the sound of our National Anthem being sung at a sporting event.

I am still humbled when I see a brave soldier in uniform in the airport, coming from or going to the far reaches of the world to defend freedom.

I am still moved at the sight of our flag, “Old Glory”, waving in a warm summer breeze.

I still believe that our nation is not beyond hope when I hear the words…

If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ II Chronicles 7:14

I believe in the greatness of America. I believe that if we turn our faces in repentance toward God, He will heal our land, and give us “a new birth of freedom”.

Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

God bless America!

(Adapted from the message, “Freedom’s Holy Light – Part 1”)
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Boldness to Stand


Through The Looking Glass2

Throughout Scripture, we read of many instances when the children of Israel turn their backs on God. Over and over, the people of God choose unrighteousness, idolatry, and ungodliness over following the commands that God laid forth in the Law of Moses. Time and time again, Israel forsook the plans and will of God and turned instead to that which grieved the Lord.

As 21st century Christians, it is easy for us to look at Israel’s pattern and think, “What is wrong with these people? After all that God has done for them, and they STILL don’t get it!” Things would be going good for the people of God, then someone would come along and lead them astray. The judgment of God would come in the form of famine, plague, pestilence, or hostile nations, and Israel would cry out to God for deliverance. Once God had mercy on them and delivered them, it was often not too long before they were back to the same (or another form of) foolishness. This just makes no sense to us, right?

Right?

D-DayThis past weekend, we recognized the 70th anniversary of D-Day… the day the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy and began the quest for freeing Europe from the grip of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime. Throughout our history, we see during those times of trial and testing the firm reliance our leadership had upon God. Prior to the D-Day invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower addressed his troops. He closed the address by saying…

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

Winston Churchill once said:

The flame of Christian ethics is still our highest guide. To guard and cherish it is our first interest, both spiritually and materially. The fulfillment of Spiritual duty in our daily life is vital to our survival. Only by bringing it into perfect application can we hope to solve for ourselves the problems of this world and not of this world alone.

We can look at recent history, and see a nation relying upon the power of prayer and belief in God:

  • We held prayer vigils during times of tragedy, such as the shootings at Columbine or Sandy Hook.
  • We flocked to churches when Operation Desert Storm began, and in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.
  • We saw communities come together and draw near to God during disasters like the tornadoes that devastated parts of the south a few years ago.

9-11 TSo what happened? Once the smoke cleared and the dust settled, where did the reliance upon God go? Why does the public boldness to speak the name of Jesus suddenly disappear once the crisis is over? Maybe it’s time for this nation to understand that we could probably avoid some of the things we are trying to pray ourselves through by making the decision to follow the commands of God in the first place. Instead of waiting for a crisis to seek the face of God, how about we operate in the freedom we claim to have — that was paid for by people who believed in it enough to fight and die in it’s defense.

As we approach the birthday of our nation, let’s renew our commitment to keep this “One nation under God”.
Let’s operate in courage to stand for that which others laid down their lives.
Let’s take to heart the promise of II Chronicles 7:14…

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.